George Sherrill is an on-base machine

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It took seven seasons, but 33-year-old reliever George Sherrill finally got his first career plate appearance in last night’s blowout loss to the Phillies. And, naturally, he drew a walk off J.C. Romero without swinging the bat.
“I was taking the whole way,” Sherrill told Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times. “I hadn’t had an at-bat before. I’m not going to go out there trying to swing.”
Sherrill added that he never even batted in college, so it had been at least 15 years since his last plate appearance. According to Sherrill he was a “career .311 hitter” in high school, which pales in comparison to his current 1.000 on-base percentage in the majors. Unfortunately for the Dodgers he also has a 7.00 ERA.

Yadier Molina responds to Willson Contreras on Instagram

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On Monday, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras showed he was very confident heading into the 2018 season, saying, “I know that I’m going to be better than [Yadier Molina and Buster Posey].” Contreras explained that his goal is to become “the best catcher in the game for a long time — like it was with Yadier Molina, like it is with Buster Posey.”

Apparently, Contreras ruffled Molina’s feathers as the Cardinals’ veteran backstop took to Instagram to respond. Posting a picture of himself with Buster Posey and Salvador Perez, Molina wrote, “Respeten los rangos NOVATOS!! aqui con los q si han probao que son los duros!!” That loosely translates to “respect the ranks,” referring to Contreras as a novice.

Molina is no stranger to using Instagram to air his grievances. He apparently used the social media app to take a swipe or two at manager Mike Matheny last year.

Of course, Molina seems to be misreading the intent of Contreras. Contreras seems to think highly of Molina, having referred to him as being one of the best catchers in the game — even if it was in the past tense. Molina should know, being someone who also competes at the highest level, that having confidence is an important part of the recipe for success. Perhaps this will make for some interesting games during the season, breathing new life into the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry.